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Neuroprotective properties of Green Tea flavonoids

February 25, 2012

Neuroprotective properties of the flavonoids genistein, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), epicatechin (EC) and baicalin were investigated.

Fish can be caught by extracting rotenone from plants and releasing it into water.   Poisoned fish come to the surface and are easily caught. This method was first practiced by various indigenous tribes  who smashed the roots of certain plants.

Rotenone works by interfering with the electron transport chain in mitochondria by inhibiting the transfer of electrons from iron-sulfur centres.  In humans, it is linked to the development of Parkinson’s disease

In research conducted at the University of Oxford (Kamalden, et al), investigations showed that rotenone toxicity is inhibited by Green Tea catechins (EC and EGCG).   EC and EGCG attenuate lipid peroxidation efficiently and does not affect rotenone toxicity of certain cells.

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